How to treat GERD with licorice

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), is a disease that affects the digestive system. It affects the muscles between the lower esophagus and the stomach. This causes heartburn, irritation in the throat, indigestion and stomach cramps. These symptoms are usually felt immediately after food or sometimes throughout the day. The intensity of the symptoms vary according to the severity of the disease. GERD is also called as Acid re-flux.

Research says, that GERD is mostly a lifestyle and food choice based disease. Hence, lifestyle changes and healthy food choices can help you recover and reduce the symptoms of GERD. Drinking lot of water helps to reduce the symptoms and treat acid reflux.

Licorice root has been used for many health issues since ancient times. The sweet taste in it makes it easy to eat/drink for all age groups. Licorice treats many issues related to digestion. It can treat heartburn, stomach ulcer, colic and chronic gastritis. It is also used to treat menopause, osteoporosis, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), liver disorders, malaria, tuberculosis, food poisoning, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertonia, abscesses, recovery after surgery, rashes and high cholesterol. The components in licorice help to decrease internal and external swelling, reduce congestion and treat cough effectively.

Licorice – Names in other languages

  • Scientific name – Glycyrrhiza glabra
  • English – Licorice
  • Hindi – Mulethi
  • Sanskrit – Madhurika
  • Malayalam – Iratti Madhuram
  • Bengali – Yashtimadhu
  • Tamil – Adhimadhuram
  • Kannada – Atimadhura
  • Telugu – Adhimadhuram


This DIY explains how to treat GERD using licorice. When licorice is mixed with milk and consumed, it helps to soothe the burning sensation. Milk consumption generally soothes irritation in the stomach and reduces burning sensation. Low fat cow’s milk which will be easy to digest, help to soothe burning sensation in the esophagus. When Licorice is combined with milk, it not only soothes irritation and burning sensation, it also prevents GERD from getting worsen.

Follow the step by step instructions in this DIY recipe to prepare licorice milk. The powdered licorice root can be stored for future use in an airtight container.


Licorice to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) – DIY

  • 1 teaspoon Licorice powder
  • 200 ml Milk
  1. To treat GERD, you need licorice (to be powdered) and milk.
  2. First, to make licorice powder, add licorice roots to blender.
  3. Blend it well.
  4. Powdered licorice can be stored in an airtight container for future consumption.
  5. Add one teaspoon of licorice powder to milk.
  6. Mix well and drink.


Drink this milk twice a day to treat GERD.

Since licorice tastes sweet, the milk will be delicious.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.